I had to do a product review of Taliah Waajid Enhancing Herbal Conditioner. I’d never heard of it prior to going to a natural hair Meetup a few months ago where we did a product swap. This conditioner is the only thing I left with. The lady who brought it for the swap said that she’d heard a lot of good things about it though it didn’t do much for her hair. I figured, its conditioner, why not I’ll try it. It sat on the shelf of my linen closet for months; I never gave it much thought at all.
Heidi Klum recently did an interview with Black Voices where she openly talked about the challenges she has faced with caring for her bi-racial children’s curly hair, here are a few excerpts:
“Growing up with straight hair myself, that was all I really knew how to work with.”
“Their hair definitely requires a different kind of care”
Earlier today Angela Simmons, Rev Run’s (of Run DMC) daughter, tweeted the following; “Just took my weave out.. Look how long my hair grew. It’s so thick !!”
She has massive natural hair which looks thick, healthy and gorgeous! Whether she has grown it out intentionally or not, one of the keys that I believe in for achieving hair growth is low to no manipulation which she more than likely achieved by wearing protective styles in the form of weaves. Weather you are for or against wearing weaves there is one thing for certain, when done correctly, they serve as protective styling of your hair. I hope with all the twitter buzz and acclaim that she generated from this tweet leads her to #teamnatural. I believe that any celebrity/famous person who shows support of the natural hair community (and the natural hair movement) helps with garnering mainstream acceptance and aid in changing the negative stereotypes and views of natural hair.
I ♥ #naturalhair
For those who are a bit on the fence about going natural, or those who are newly natural and would like some suggestions, here are some helpful tips to help you along your natural hair journey: Continue Reading
One of my favorite things to do is to prowl the accessories and clearance isles of places like TJ Max, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack and Target. I was at Marshalls on Friday and saw that they are now carrying some of the Jane Carters products. Needless to say, I got excited. I’ve always been interested in trying products of this line because I’ve only heard good things. I bought the Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll. This is known to work well with smoothing out natural hair when doing styles like roller sets. I will be trying a roller set with this in the near future so stay tuned for the results and review. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Have you ever found a natural hair product that you’ve been interested in trying at a place where you least expected?
This is a recent wash & go natural hair style that I did. It is my staple hair style cause it’s fairly easy to do and lasts for days. In these pics my hair is completely dry, which usually takes a full day for it to to air dry. To achieve this naturally curly hair style I do the following;
- Cowashed with Say Yes to Carrots Hair Conditioner
- To soaking wet hair I applied Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream all over
- Applied CURLS Creme Brule all over
- Then shingled in Eco Styler Styling Gel
- To get rid of excess water and to separate curls I shake my hair
- Then let air dry
This Wash & Go came out really curly and bouncy. I was able to get 3 days out of it.
This is an update to the post I made on Looking for a good hair cream, pomade or styler for medium hold during the summer months. CURLS Curl Souffle Medium Curl Cream is one of the two styler hair products for natural hair care that I was looking into trying and reviewing. I ordered the Curl Souffle from the internet because from my research I found that it is not sold in a brick and mortar store. When I received it I was really excited to try it. After opening and getting a whiff of the sweet and fruity wonderful fragrance I was pleased and even more excited. I really like how thick and creamy the souffle textured cream is.
Here’s how I used it:
I chose the twist & curl (dry) style. I let my hair air dry after washing, conditioning, detangling and applying my leave-in conditioner. I denman brushed about twelve even sections, applying about a quarter size amount of the Curl Souffle to each section evenly distributing the product through my hair. Then I double strand twisted each section and rolled the ends with small flexi rods letting the twists set for a day.
After my twist & curl (dry) set I took it down and realized that I may be in love with this product! My curls were well defined, springy and bouncy. My locks were very moisturized with a lot of sheen. This souffle cream defrizzes, defines, and has a soft natural hold for my curls while locking in moisture. This curly hair product works really well for my thick hair. Though I have only used it once I must say that I am very pleased so far and look forward to using it again as part of my natural hair care regimen. CURLS Curl Souffle is on board as a staple for me
I’m a newbie to the CURLS line of products. What are some other products in their line that you’ve tried? Which ones would you recommend?
About a month ago I posted about Looking for a good hair cream, pomade or styler. I planned on trying AVEDA Light Elements Defining Whip 4.1 oz/125 ml for medium hold especially during the summer months. Defining Whip is a styler for all hair types that allows the creation of texture and medium hold. It is a light whipped wax that absorbs into hair well without buildup. I have since tried Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip and here is my review of it.
I stopped into the Aveda store inquired about this product and the sales associate thought that for what I was looking to do with my hair that the Defining whip would be a good choice. I was excited and could hardly wait to try it for my dry twist outs. A 4.1 oz., jar of the Defining Whip is $24.00. Honestly, this is quite pricey for my budget. But I’d read so many good things about it despite the price I was open to trying it, hopeful that I’d found my staple styler. The texture of the whip feels light weight, not too heavy or greasy. The smell is the strong distinct fragrance that Aveda products have, though it does not linger.
Here’s how I used it:
I let my hair air dry after washing and conditioning. Then denman brushed about twelve even sections, applying about a quarter size amount of the whip to each section (again I have very densely thick porous hair), then double strand twisted and rolled the ends with small flexi rods letting the twists set for a day.
As I was taking my hair down I was hoping to see some really defined curls that would be shiny, bouncy and tight. Once I had all the flexi rods removed and the twists separated, shaken and fluffed I was sad to see that my hair was limp, felt sticky, and with barely any curls defined. My hair was a little stiff, clumped together and nowhere near the curls I had expected. Maybe I used too much or maybe my hair just didn’t take to this product. I was quite disappointed because I had anticipated that this would be my go to styler. Just because this styler didn’t work for my hair texture and style does not necessarily mean that it won’t work for what you are trying to achieve with your hair. Luckily when I purchased the Defining Whip the sales associate mentioned that if it didn’t work out for me I could bring it back. So I headed back to the store and exchanged it for the Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade.
Have you heard all the rave about a product that you couldn’t wait to try though when you did it didn’t work the same for you?
Time for a status update on my nurture & heal challenge. In order to correct the bad ways and habits that I had of caring for and styling my natural hair I officially started this challenge in March 2011. In the fall of 2010, when I was still flat ironing my locks weekly, I experienced quite a bit of damage and breakage as a result of having my hair lightened and excessive heat damage. It has since been a little over three months since I have committed myself to a low manipulation and moisturization regimen. Sooooo here’s my status:
First off, I must confess. Since starting this challenge, I have straightened my hair 3 times:
- To do the first length and damage check and to have ends clipped
- When attending a job fair
- And, today actually to get my ends clipped again
For me, to only have straightened my hair 3 times in a 3 month period is really good. A huge improvement! Aside from those 3 times I have been really good at sticking to wearing my natural hair texture with minimal to no heat. Additionally;
- I experimented with, discovered and perfected the wash & go
- My staple styles have been; wash & go, twist & curl or a bun
- 2 times a month I’d d0 deep conditioning masque
- I’ve limited my shampooing to 2 times a month
- In the course of a week I am averaging two co-washes
- Any style that I wear I allow my hair to air dry
When I went for my first hair trim the stylist recommended that I have the ends trimmed every three to four weeks. I didn’t follow that recommendation. Though I know I need to keep up with having the damaged hair trimmed, I didn’t want to risk straightening my hair that often in order to have it cut.
I plan to tweak my regime a bit from this point forward, especially for the summer. In addition to the things that I’ve been doing for this challenge, next up I’m striving for:
- NO HEAT
- Doing a status update and trim every 3 months
- To do a protein treatment once a month
- Try to wean myself from products that have the silicones, sulfates etc.
- Do weekly hot oil treatments
- Only straighten when it is time for a cut
- Try a few more natural hair style to wear
- Drink 64oz water a day
- Consistently take my multivitamins
With putting myself on this challenge, so far I have noticed quite a bit of growth and a lot less shedding. I have really gotten to know my hair texture, what is working for it and what does not. I have become alot more self assured with confidently wearing my natural big hair I will post some current pictures soon.
Have you ever tried a natural hair challenge? If so, what are some of the things you’ve done as a part of your challenge?
This is a recent picture of Solonge Knowels at an event. She wears her hair natural. I think it’s beautiful.
For black women, so much of our self-esteem, confidence and self-worth is wrapped around the state of our hair. A “bad” hair day can cross many events off of a social calendar. For so long society, media, pop culture and the work force has dictated what the standard of beauty for black women’s hair should be. The natural hair movement that is currently happening gains even more momentum with black celebrities joining. I find it quite encouraging to see popular, mainstream women be themselves naturally and do so with confidence, grace and a great sense of style while showing their God given beauty.
Who are some naturals that inspire you?